73
      Wednesday
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      Thursday
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      Friday
      90 / 69

      Did the police department's effort work?

      Det. Cordray says criminals see the holidays as a crime of opportunity since many families and students are gone during the holidays.

      In November of last year, you may remember the Kirksville Police Department going door-to-door reminding residents to protect their property during the holidays.

      According to the Kirksville police, that effort may have worked.

      In previous years, the police department saw an influx of property crimes during the holidays and wanted to take an active approach in warning Kirksville citizens.

      Friday, we spoke with Detective Jeremy Cordray with the Kirksville Police Department, and although he didn't have hard numbers for us, he tells us crimes of opportunity have gone down during the holidays.

      "We gave burglaries throughout the year, every week, so there's things that happen, they're typically unrelated from each other, but the crime of opportunity where the students were taken advantage of because they were gone that was not really seen in the manner that it had been in years past," said Det. Cordray.

      Cordray says you should still make sure your doors are locked and take all precautions in ensuring your valuables are safe.

      He says criminals see the holidays as a crime of opportunity since many families and students are gone during the holidays.